Diseases of the veins can impair your body’s ability to deliver blood from your heart to your extremities, as well as return blood back to your heart in order to be re-oxygenated. If you have pain in your legs or are dealing with venous disease, it is in your best interest to visit our vein clinic as soon as possible.
Before a person can fully grasp how venous diseases affect the body, it is important to have a rough understanding of the complicated systems of veins in our legs. If you look at the veins in your legs, you will notice that they are laid out similarly to the way that the branches of a tree are laid out. In your legs, there are large veins that carry large amounts of blood, but these break off to even smaller veins.
Your heart has the responsibility of oxygenating your blood. This blood leaves your heart and travels to your extremities through your arteries. In most cases, this process is relatively simple and straightforward because in addition to your heart pumping the blood, gravity is working with you to see to it that the blood reaches your limbs.
Your veins, on the other hand, have the responsibility of taking the blood and returning this blood back to your heart so that it can get a healthy dose of oxygen. In order to do this properly, your veins have a series of valves. These valves open and close in a way that makes it easier for the blood to return to your heart.
When these valves stop functioning properly, they can allow blood to flow backward down into your legs. This is problematic because gravity works more on your legs than on any other part of your body. So, the valves and the vein walls in your legs are under constant and heavy pressure. If the blood in your legs cannot be pumped back to your heart, it starts to collect in your legs. As a result, your legs start to feel heavy, and your legs start to feel tired. You then start to see the development of things like spider veins, as well as other changes in your skin’s texture and color associated with this pooling blood.
Over time, the collection of blood in your leg causes your valves to fail. Your legs start to swell, they become very painful and you are confronted with a whole host of health problems. If you are currently battling with venous disease, you need to speak to a specialist at our vein clinic.
Canada Vein Clinics is a state-of-the-art vein clinic with locations in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Ottawa, Orleans, Vaughan, Kawartha Lakes, Kanata, Dartmouth, Halifax and Moncton. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options.